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Bonners Ferry City Council meeting agenda and packet, 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, city hall
Up to eight inches of Panhandle snow possible: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow and wind in North Idaho and northeast Washington, in effect from 4 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday. Up to eight inches of fresh snow is possible in the Idaho Panhandle, with winds gusting to 40 miles-per-hour on Saturday. Two to six inches of snow is expected in the remainder of the advisory area.
Little Champ scampered off in Paradise Valley: Charlene Lyle was prepared to celebrate her puppy Champ's first birthday Tuesday, but the cute little scamp scampered off Monday morning from his home on Elderberry Road off Blue Sky Road in Paradise Valley and still hasn't come home. Champ is a neutered male red dachshund with just a small patch of white on his chest, and he is sorely missed.
Boundary County helps District 1 achieve open primaries goal: Volunteers for the Open Primaries Initiative from Boundary County gathered with their Bonner County counterparts in Sandpoint Saturday to celebrate a big milestone. “Legislative District 1 is one of the very first districts in Idaho with enough signatures to help qualify our Citizens’ Initiative for the 2024 ballot,” Luke Mayville told a full crowd at the Community Hall.
Now four running in GOP presidential caucus: The Idaho Republican Party is pleased to announce the fourth filing of a declaration of candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Caucus. Today, Vivek Ramaswamy officially submitted his declaration and filing fee to the Idaho Republican Party headquarters. In doing so, he conveyed his unwavering commitment to tackling the pressing challenges confronting our nation and advocating for the cherished values and principles upheld by Republicans.
Johnson lauded for work as SRO: After serving as Boundary County School District 101 School Resource Officer for a year and a half, Bonners Ferry High School principal Lisa Iverson recently presented Bonners Ferry police officer Brandon Johnson, now back on patrol, with an "Amazing SRO" plaque and a Friend of Education Award.
Homeowners receive average 18-percent property tax reduction: Property tax bills arrive in Idahoans’ mailboxes across the state this week, and in most counties, taxpayers will see huge reductions in year-over-year taxes due to the historic property tax relief bill championed by Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Legislature this year. The average reduction in property taxes for Idaho homeowners is approximately 18-percent.
Supaman brings life and hope to Bonners Ferry: Supaman’s performance Monday, blending Native American traditions, music, dance and history with hip hop and rap was loudly appreciated by a big audience in Bonners Ferry. He shared the stage at the Becker Auditorium with DJ Element, a Native hip hop celebrity in his own right who is featured in the last episode of season two in the PBS series “Native America.”
Students can spend week in world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier: High school students interested in experiencing life in the world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier are invited to apply through the end of the month to the National Flight Academy for the event to be held June 9-14. The simulation will be in Pensacola, Florida. Availability is limited to 9th, 10th and 11th graders in the coming school year.
Air stagnation advisories issued: National Weather Service offices in Spokane and Missoula have issued air stagnation advisories for northeast Washington and North Idaho and the Kootenai/Cabinet, Lower Clark Fork, Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys, Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains and Potomac/Seeley Lake Regions of Montana. Stagnant conditions will have potential to trap pollutants near the ground with deteriorated air quality.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Beggerly fighting Stage 4 Liver Cancer, needs community help: Don Beggerly, 53, a ten-year resident of Boundary County, was first diagnosed with cancer four years ago on November 12, 2019. Since then the cancer has spread, forcing a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon and three to remove tumors from his liver, which persistently return even more aggressively than before. He is now fighting Stage 4 Liver Cancer, and the prognosis is bleak. He and his wife, Wanda Rios, ask the community for both your prayers and your support.
Tribe to team with county on recycling: The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $275 million for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grants to support Building a Better America. On November 15, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho was among the selectees for the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia.
Aurora may be visible over North Idaho tonight, Sunday night: A coronal mass ejection, a "great burp" of material and magnetic fields from the sun, according to solar astrophysicist Dr. C. Alex Young, hit earth at about 12:35 a.m. today, resulting in a minor geomagnetic storm that could bring auroras visible tonight and Sunday night along the northern U.S. border in North Dakota and Montana and just possibly North Idaho.
Great day for a Turkey Trot! It was a great day for Bonners Ferry's 15th annual Turkey Trot. By the numbers: 388 runners, 10 pumpkin pies, 10 gallons of cocoa and ran out, four bags of mini marshmallows and ran out, five gallons of coffee, seven cans of Ready Whip. Countless smiles. It was a great day! A 9B News pictorial.
Guess who showed up for Thanksgiving? One Boundary County family's Thanksgiving was considerably and unexpectedly brightened this morning when the family dog, Ransom, star of the Bonners Ferry High School theatrical stage, came trotting home, healthy and happy, after having gone missing Sunday night. David Holman, his family and Ransom say "thank you" to all who kept an eye peeled or said a prayer for a happy reunion, and extend to the community a happy, happy Thanksgiving.
It's nurse practitioner month: This is Nurse Practitioner month, and the vital role nurse practitioners play in good health was recognized by Sandpoint City Council President Kate McAlister, NPI Region 1 Representative Cynthia Dalsing, MSN, CNM, retired and nurse practitioner Natasha Splaine-Talbott at Sandpoint City Hall. A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse who has advanced clinical education and training. NPs share many of the same duties as doctors. They perform physical exams, diagnose and treat diseases and other health conditions, and prescribe medication.
Potentially confusing voting season explained: Following coverage last week of party affiliation deadlines for the Idaho Primary Election on May 21, Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane, Republican Party of Idaho Chairwoman Dorothy Moon and Idaho Democratic Party Chairwoman Lauren Necochea remind voters of the distinction between the upcoming party caucuses in March (Republican) and May (Democratic), and the state primary election in May and the respective party affiliation deadlines.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative Forestry Sub-Committee meeting, 1 p.m. Thursday, November 30.
Flags to half-staff in honor of Rose Carter: As a mark of respect for the memory of Rosalynn Carter, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions from November 25 until sunset on the day of interment.
Friendly star of BFHS stage is missing: The Holman family's talented German Shepherd, who recently played a role in the Bonners Ferry High School production of "The Sound of Music," ran off from his home at the far end of Holmes Road Sunday night and his family has been looking for and missing him since. He answers to "Ransom" -- or any friendly face really. He looks intimidating but he loves everyone he meets.
County treasurer explains property tax relief measures: Boundary County Treasurer Jennifer Economu is sharing information with county property tax payers on legislative changes made last year that will reduce the tax burden on landowners statewide. In the 2023 Legislative Session, the Idaho Legislature passed several bills to provide property tax relief based on the Fiscal Year 2023 State surplus. These bills include House Bill (HB) 292, HB 258, and changes to the Property Tax Reduction Program 
Get ready for challenges of winter driving: As winter approaches with its inevitable challenges, it's paramount that drivers prepare themselves to navigate tricky road conditions and minimize unnecessary risks during inclement weather. In a united effort, nearly 50 law enforcement and public safety agencies across Idaho are launching a Winter Driving safety campaign to educate the public about winter driving and snowplow safety. Additionally, statewide emphasis patrols will look for seat belt and impaired driving violations. 
Events & Entertainment
A Celtic Christmas returns to the Panida: A Celtic Christmas returns to the Panida Theatre for one night only on Friday, December 8! This magical concert, by internationally renowned Irish group Everdream, features much loved Celtic and Christmas classics, including songs by Enya, magical movie songs, toe tapping reels and jigs, some unique Irish Christmas songs and their chart topping version of O Holy Night!
Sheriff offering free winter driving class: The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office will be offering a classroom session on winter driving from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, December 1, in the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry. This classroom informational training is designed to help drivers who are new to driving on winter roads and give them some helpful information to be better prepared for winter driving.
Supaman to perform free concert at BFHS: In honor of November’s Native American Heritage month, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is proud to sponsor a free community concert performed by the national touring artist known as "Supaman," Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride and resilience through his original art form.
A merry flying chicken Christmas! It's probably not fair to say it, but Santa Claus has let slip that he and his wife, Mrs. Santa, will be in Bonners Ferry on Saturday, December 2, to wish season's greetings to all, hear your Christmas wishes and stand with Bonners Ferry Mayor Rick Alonzo as he formally and officially throws the switch to light this fair city for the joys of the holiday season.
We got a Sonic now, ya'll!
"A long time coming but how sweet it is!" Kootenai Tribal Vice-Chairman Gary Aitken Jr. posted to Facebook Monday evening. "Tonight was tribal night at the Sturgeon Station Travel Center. Tomorrow will be for all of the various employees of the tribe. While a real treat to get to be the first to enjoy the facility, these nights give our new team the valuable experience to be able to handle anything and everything that comes their way. The team did an amazing job and it was such an amazing experience to witness so many smiles and laughs and just to feel the energy ... This all started with a dream, and idea, and a desire to build something for the future of our people, something we could be proud of. Wednesday morning the doors open to the public and I welcome you all and hope you enjoy and hope you can feel the love and pride that everyone in the place holds." In the photo, Ron Abraham puts the finishing touches on some of the artwork that graces the facility, on the east side of Highway 95 just south of Three Mile.
Two Tones Cafe in Bonners Ferry to close: With a heavy heart and mixed emotions, owner Tony Fleck announced that as of December 30, he will be closing Two Tones Cafe in Bonners Ferry. In the meantime, he hopes you visit and take advantage of our remaining time. There were several factors involved in this difficult decision, he said, the main being this season's road construction and the removal of their primary parking lot.
Accurate Collision is now Accurate Northwest: Bonners Ferry’s oldest autobody repair shop has been sold. Since 1980, Vern’s Autobody and then Accurate Collision has been the go-to autobody repair shop in Boundary County and for much of the Troy and Libby areas of Montana. Last week, owner Kay Burdick turned the keys over to two brothers who know a lot about running body shops as well as supporting the community. 
BCH celebrating Physical Therapy Month: October is Physical Therapy Month, and Boundary Community Hospital is proud to reiterate its commitment to providing exceptional physical therapy services to the community. With a team of four Physical Therapists and one Physical Therapist Assistant, the hospital's outpatient department serves individuals of all ages with a wide range of needs. The focus of physical therapy extends to various areas, including the treatment of knees, hips, shoulders, back, neck, acute and chronic pain and post-surgery rehabilitation. 
Pearl Theater lands $20,000 grant: The board of the Historic Pearl Theater is thrilled to announce that they are recipients of a $20,000 grant from Innovia and the Equinox Foundation for the purpose of expanding artistic impact in Boundary County for the 2023-24 season. As an historic performing arts venue, the Pearl supports the arts by engaging emerging artists and bringing well-known performers to Bonners Ferry.
Perez, Copeland earn BCSD 101 accolades: November 25, 2023  In a district chock full of people deserving, Valley View Elementary turns out to be home to both the Boundary County School District 101 2023 Teacher of the Year, Connie Perez, and Staff Member of the Year, administrative assistant Pam Copeland, both nominated by VVES Principal Michelle Halter in recognition of their decades of contributions not only to the school, its student and their parents, but to the community as a whole.
A heartfelt thank you, 9B Quilters: Without notice or warning, Edna Eby arrived at the home of Mike Weland today and presented him this amazing and beautiful quilt, made by Boundary County's 9B Quilters, thanking him for his service in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division from 1979 to 1983. Weland extends his heartfelt thanks to Edna and the 9B Quilters, who each year make and present these heirlooms to the men and women of our community who served in our nation's armed forces. 
Swanson honored with Diamond Award: Boundary Community Hospital is proud to announce the recipient of the prestigious Diamond Award, Alison Swanson, PT, DPT a dedicated Physical Therapist at the hospital. This esteemed award recognizes and celebrates Alison's unwavering commitment to providing extraordinary patient care and compassion. Alison, who has been a valued member of the BCH team for a year and a half, consistently embodies the hospital's core values in her interactions with both patients and co-workers. 
Jeanne Osborn breaks Elaine's streak: Jeanne Osborn took high scratch game 167 and third high handicap game 242 as Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling wrapped up week 11 at Liberty Lanes in Bonners Ferry. DaVonna Cada got second high scratch game 151, second high handicap game 246 and high handicap series 665. Denise Chrichton got third high scratch game 149, third high scratch series 404 and third high handicap series 653.
Elaine does it again in week 10: Elaine Wheeler once again bowled high scratch game, 174, third high scratch series 396 and second high handicap game 234 to lead in week 10 of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at Liberty Lanes. Bonnie Grove got second high scratch game 147, high handicap game 260 and high handicap series, 666, Alice VanGundy got third high scratch game 146 and second high scratch series 400.  
Elaine Wheeler does it again: For the second week in a row, Elaine Wheeler got high scratch game with 168 and high scratch series 410, improving both of last week's scores in week nine of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at Liberty Lanes. Donna Nystrom got second high scratch game 166 and high handicap game 244. Carolyn McNeill took third high scratch game 146, third high scratch series 404 and tied for third high handicap series 629.
Valley View students show off free throw skills: Fourth and fifth graders at Valley View Elementary have been practicing their basketball free throw shots for the annual Elk’s Hoop Shoot contest. Many coaches say that free throws win or lose games and these students are putting in the work to win future basketball games! On Friday, the class finalists competed in the school competition in front of peers and family members. Several Bonners Ferry High School basketball athletes helped with the event and it was a huge success!
BF Wrestling Club members meet as collegiates in Des Moines: Look who ran into each other Saturday at the Grandview Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa! It's former teammates and standout Badger wrestlers Jackson Rickter, now wrestling for Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa, and Evan Barajas, now wrestling for North Idaho College. These two young men traveled thousands of miles together in the team Suburban to wrestling tournaments during their years as Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club members.
Letters & Opinion
More to the Constitution than amendments one and two: In these strange days when words such as "liberty," "freedom," "patriot" and "conservative" don't mean what they once did, when "truth" is no longer objective, when U.S. flags flying in the back of trucks connote not fealty to a nation but fealty to a man, there is much ado about maintaining "my" God-given rights as established in the first and second amendments to the U.S. Constitution. There is scant mention of the 14th and 15th amendments which define who "we" are. By Mike Weland
Idaho voters can be trusted to responsibly exercise their initiative rights: It was a bit surprising to read an opinion piece that Representative Lance Clow (R-Twin Falls) has circulated to media outlets around the state, warning Idahoans against signing the Open Primaries Initiative. He accused the supporters of the initiative of having “ulterior motives” with the goal “to give the Idaho Democratic Party an increased opportunity.” By Jim Jones
Golf course a community gem being unfairly stained: Bonners Ferry residents have many things to be thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving, and one of them is a North Idaho gem, Mirror Lake Golf Course. But whether inadvertently or by intent, the process that's transpired in the selection process of hiring a course manager to replace the stellar pro Ralph Lotspeich, who retired recently after 21 years, has left a needless and unnecessary pall over the community, a taint of nepotism poorly and suspiciously addressed. By Mike Weland
Idaho GOP Thanksgiving blessings, pledge to preserve faith, family, freedom: 160 years ago, as our country was embroiled in a tragic and bloody civil war, President Abraham Lincoln called upon Americans to give thanks to God for the blessings of liberty they yet enjoyed. He invited his fellow citizens to “ ... observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” By Dorothy Moon
Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder has had his fill of incivility in the ranks: Senator Chuck Winder, the leader of Idaho’s Senate, is a good and patient man. I often disagree with him on issues coming before the Senate, but I don’t question his ethics, temperament and dedication to serving the public. He has watched a decline in civility in the ranks of the Senate and recently took action to bring some of the instigators up short. He deserves the support of fellow Senators and of the wider public. By Jim Jones 
Larry Kenneth Schave died November 27, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry. Larry was born on September 28, 1957, the son of Lloyd and Amelia Gerstenecker Schave, in Mitchell, South Dakota. No services are planned.
We have confirmed that Drexel Love, Moyie Springs, passed away November 18. No services, obituary or notice are planned.
Jessica "Jessie" Mary Stewart, 46, was born in Glendale, California, to Peter and Carol Stewart, and raised in Portland, Oregon. Jessie passed away unexpectedly in her home in Bonners Ferry on November 3, 2023.
Arminda Thompson, 97, died peacefully on October 25, 2023 at Boundary County Nursing Home in Bonners Ferry. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 8, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners Ferry. She will be buried with her husband at Grandview Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial at St. Ann’s Catholic Church for family and friends. 
Glen Patterson, 88, passed away on October 26, 2023, at his home in Bonners Ferry. The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street. There will be a private burial of the ashes at Grandview Cemetery at a later date.

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